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Question by jay. Uploaded on June 25, 2009
Winchester 1885. Browning also produced the B-78, based on the 1885, but with a slightly different action. I had two B-78 high walls. Both were very accurate, well made, and attractive guns. If they don't offer a cartridge you are looking for right now then look for used.
There is a "reproduction" Sharps being made. I can't remember by whom but it is made in South America if I remember right.
I am interested in something like this, so I looked it up. The 1885 seems to be in smaller calibers, though.
www.iabarms.com has a decent looking Sharps repro. They're out of Italy. I wouldn't want to go with the paper cartidge thing, though.
Jeff4066 - The current 1885 Low Wall is always produced in lighter calibers. The High Wall is stronger so is used for higher power rounds. Looks like it's only available in 45-70 right now. Between Winchester and Browning they seem to have been produced in every production caliber at one time or another. I hope FN will continue introducing other calibers. There must be collectors out there that snap these up. The two I had in .30-06 and .454 Casull sold immediately.
There are domestic makers of Sharps style rifles - Dakota and C. Sharps are two. Hey! Just checked C. Sharps website - they also make 1885's!
Their are lots of re-production Sharps rifles being made.
MLH you left out the best Sharps which is Shiloh arms of Big Timber montana. My Shiloh Sharps is built like a Swiss watch. Thay also made 3 identical rifles for the movie "Quigley down under" starring Tom Seleck.
Del - how could I forget? I REALLY wanted one of those Quigley Sharps after the movie came out. Quite a bit more than I could swallow at the time. Now that's a movie I'd like to see again.
Dakota also makes a falling block and a sharps problaly stronger than the Pedersoli mentioned above.
I would draw your attention to the Dakota Model 10. The Ruger #1 and #3 are very intelligently designed, and Ruger paved the way for renewed appreciation of the single-shot rifle, but the Dakota Model 10 is a very well crafted piece. It will require you to reach much deeper into your pocket...and into your checking/savings account...but it's a fine piece of equipment.
The Eabco 97D rifle looks quite nice.
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